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FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE What is Functional Medicine? By Dr. Michael J. Badanek, BS, DC, CNS, DACBN, DCBCN, DM(P)


unctional Medicine is patient-centered medical healing at its best. Instead of looking at and treating health problems as isolated diseases, it treats individuals who may have bodily symptoms, imbalances, and dysfunctions. As the graphic of an iceberg shows, a named disease such as diabetes, cancer, or fibromyalgia might be visible above the surface, but according to Functional Medicine, the cause lies in the altered physiology below the surface. Usually, the cause of the disease and its symptoms is an underlying dysfunction or an imbalance of bodily systems. Named diseases are just the tip of the iceberg. Below the surface, according to Functional Medicine, are the real causes of a patient's health problems. If health care treats just the tip of the iceberg, it rarely leads to long-term relief and vibrancy. Identifying and treating the underlying root cause or causes, as Functional Medicine does, has a much better chance to successfully resolve a patient's health challenges. Using scientific principles, advanced diagnostic testing, and treatments other than drugs or surgery, Functional Medicine restores balance in the body's primary physiological processes. The goal is the patient's lifelong optimal health.

How Functional Medicine Heals a Key Health Care Gap Today's health care system is in trouble because it applies a medical management model that works well for acute health problems to chronic health problems, where it is much less successful. If you have a heart attack, accident, or sudden lung infection such as pneumonia, you certainly want a quick-thinking doctor to use all the quick-acting resources of modern medicine, such as life-saving technology, surgery, and antibiotics. We are all grateful for such interventions. However, jumping in with drugs, surgery, and other acute care treatments often does not succeed in helping those with chronic, debilitating ailments, such as diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis. Another approach is needed.

DISEASES: Arthritis, Cancer, Diabetes, Thyroid conditions, Heart disease, Autoimmune disease, Endocrine conditions, Sexual dysfunction, Fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue UNDERLYING CAUSES: Inflammation Hormonal imbalances Toxicity Structural imbalances Mitochondrial dysfunction Toxic emotions (anger, fear, resentment, etc.) Toxic chemical exposure Digestive, absorptive, and microbiological imbalances Mercury dental fillings

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Gentle readers, I had the privilege of attending the Academy of Complementary Integrative Medicine conference in Orlando in late October. Some of the titans of the cutting-edge CIM medicine field were there, including Dr. Garry Gordon, M.D.; Dr. Lee Cowden, M.D.; and even Dr. Joe Mercola, D.O., who sat beside me. Star-struck, anyone? Among the exciting things I learned: * Israel has a technology that will vaporize tumors. Got a minute? Skin cancer gone. Brain tumor? Take the day off. Boom. * Your phone has an app for functions including EKG and HRV. Use the app, send the results to your integrative physician. * For $420 you can test for cancer. It is detected so early (WAY before a lump is felt or screened) that you can treat it naturally within the 7-year window in which it’s possible to eliminate it. * Northern Thailand has the lowest breast cancer rate in the world, and no dementia at all. That’s because of an herb called Pueraria Mirifica. A composition made from it called HRT-plus is available here in Ocala at the Lemire Clinic. * Cancer can be killed with Vitamin C therapy. The cells are fooled into thinking it’s glucose, so they ingest it through their glucose receptors; the Vitamin C turns into peroxide and kills the cancer. All viruses—ALL virusts—can be killed with Vitamin C therapy as well. * A published study demonstrated and documented the regeneration of a man’s leg with the kind of technology and treatments discussed during the weekend. The conference made me want to become a doctor. This kind of medicine is the real thing, and the science is there to back it up. Stay tuned for a full article covering this remarkable gathering. Cheers, Carolyn

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veryone is invited to learn a powerful healing meditation for rejuvenation and longevity with Master Yun Xiang Tseng, known by his Taoist name “Chen.” Master Chen is a Wu Dang martial arts master. Master Chen has written a book called Master Within: Passion for Life, and thousands of students from around the world have been inspired to seek that Master. Master Chen is coming to Ocala, where he will be sharing his wisdom and teaching Qigong and Tai Chi November 14-17. On Thursday, November 14 at 6pm, he will offer a free lecture and book signing at Unity of Citrus County. On Friday, November 15 from 6-8pm, he will give a free community lecture on Taoism philosophy, meditation, and healthy living for longevity at the College of Central Florida in the Humanities Auditorium (Building 8), Room 110. On Saturday, November 16 from 9-5, he will teach his Wu Dang Qigong introduction to the theory and health benefits of Qigong and internal chi movement. The program will conclude on Sunday with Box Tai Chi, 8-3, which offers the concepts of softness overcoming hardness and stillness overcoming movement. Both of these workshops are also in the CF Humanities Auditorium, but in Room 101. Originally scheduled to come to the area in September, Master Chen was unable to fly from Colorado due to the cataclysmic floods and mud slides which wiped out all the roads coming from Estes Park. See some of the devastation which happened on his property, Aspen Lodge, at eo?clipId=9362772&autostart=true. For information or to register, see the advertisement on the back cover, call Lemire Clinic at 352-291-9459, or visit


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healthbriefs Mindful Meditation Relieves Inflammation


new University of Wisconsin-Madison study shows that meditation, a proven reducer of psychological stress, can also lessen inflammation and thereby relieve the cause, symptoms, and pain of certain diseases. Long-term stress has long been linked to inflammation, an underlying cause of many diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, bowel disease, asthma, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Meditation study volunteers were divided into two groups—an eight-week mindfulness meditation course, or a stress reduction program of supportive nutrition, exercise, and music therapy that did not include meditation. The meditation group focused attention on the breath, bodily sensations, and mental content while seated, walking or practicing yoga. Immune and endocrine data was collected before and after training in the two methods, and meditation proved to be more effective. Melissa Rosenkranz, a neuroscientist with the university’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and lead author of the report, concluded, “The mindfulness-based approach to stress reduction may offer a lower-cost alternative or complement to standard treatment, and it can be practiced easily by patients in their own homes whenever needed.”

Tanning Beds Invite Melanoma


s summer tans fade, some might feel tempted to use tanning beds to keep a “healthy glow,” but they might be less than healthy. A recent multi-country metastudy published in the British Medical Journal confirms that exposure to a tanning bed’s intense doses of ultraviolet light significantly increases the risk of cutaneous melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Of the 64,000 new melanoma cases diagnosed each year in Europe, more than 5 percent were linked by researchers to tanning bed use. Users experience a 20 percent increased relative risk of all types of skin cancer compared with those who have never used one. This risk doubles if indoor tanning starts before the age of 35, and the risk increases with every session.

Rosemary Revs Up Memory


osemary’s folkloric reputation for improving memory has been validated by science. UK researchers at London’s Northumbria University found that when the essential oil of rosemary was diffused into a room— a method practiced in aromatherapy—it enhanced participants’ ability to remember past events and remind themselves to do tasks planned for the future, such as sending an anniversary card. Mark Moss, Ph.D., head of psychology at Northumbria, says, “We wanted to build on our previous research that indicated rosemary aroma improved long-term memory and mental arithmetic. In this study, we focused on prospective memory, which is critical for everyday functioning.” In the study, 66 people randomly assigned to either a rosemary-scented or unscented room were asked to complete a variety of tests to assess their memory functions. Those in the rosemary-scented room outperformed the control group. Blood analysis of those exposed to the rosemary aroma confirmed higher concentrations of 1,8-cineole, the oil’s compound specifically linked to memory improvement. The researchers concluded that the aroma of rosemary essential oil can enhance cognitive functioning in healthy individuals and may have implications for treating people with memory impairment. The findings were presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, in Harrogate.

Happy Life, Healthy Heart


eelings matter when it comes to protecting a person’s physical health. Researchers at Boston’s Harvard School of Public Health reviewing more than 200 studies published in two major scientific databases found a direct correlation between positive psychological well-being and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes. They concluded that positive feelings like optimism, life satisfaction and happiness are associated with the reduced risk, regardless of a person’s age, weight or socioeconomic or smoking status.

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Walnuts Strengthen Sperm


dding a handful of walnuts to a man’s daily diet might just increase the chance of pregnancy for couples with fertility problems. Scientists attribute male infertility as the central issue in 30 to 50 percent of the 70 million couples worldwide experiencing such difficulties. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, investigated whether increasing intake of the polyunsaturated fatty acids found in fish, flax seed and walnuts that are critical for sperm maturation and membrane function would increase sperm quality in men consuming a typical Western-style diet. They found that less than three ounces of walnuts added to a man’s daily diet improved sperm strength, size and motility (swimming ability). The men eating the walnuts also showed fewer chromosomal abnormalities in their sperm.

The Killer Called Sugar


new animal study from the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, reports daunting results. Female mice that consumed the equivalent of a human drinking three cans of soft drinks a day doubled their death rate from all causes. The study further showed that fertility rates dropped dramatically in male mice, and their innate ability to defend their territory diminished. All of the sugar-saturated mice performed poorly on cognitive tests. The lab mice received a diet in which 25 percent of their total calories came from sugar (not high fructose corn syrup, which carries substantial additional health risks). That’s an amount commonly consumed in the Standard American Diet, easy to do in one sitting via a supersized soft drink.

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Controversial Drilling Threatens Pacific Ocean


ederal regulators have approved at least two hydraulic fracturing, (“fracking”) operations on oil rigs in the Santa Barbara Channel off the coast of California since 2009 without an updated environmental review that critics say is required by federal law. Environmental advocates are concerned that regulators and the industry have not properly reviewed the potential impacts of fracking in the Pacific outer continental shelf. Fracking, a subject of heated debate, is a method of drilling that forces water, chemicals, and sand deep beneath the Earth’s surface at high pressure to break up underground rock and release oil and gas. Offshore fracking is currently used to stimulate oil production in old wells and provide well-bore stability. In California, the oil company Venoco has been using fracking technology to stimulate oil production in an old well off the coast of Santa Barbara—where the public memory of the nation’s third-largest oil spill in 1969 lingers—since early 2010. Another firm recently received permission for fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel, home to the Channel Islands Marine Reserve. So far, offshore fracking is rare, but officials expect that other firms may seek to utilize the environmentally damaging technology on offshore rigs in the future. Source:



Second Verse Kids Turn Trash into Musical Instruments


oung musicians from the village of Cateura, Paraguay, a town of 2,500 families that make a living by mining the 1,500 tons of solid waste daily dumped in a local landfill, have started making musical instruments from the debris. Favio Chávez, an ecological technician and trained musician, was inspired to teach the local children to play music in an orchestra. He says, “The world sends us garbage, we send back music.” A documentary, Landfill Harmonic, is in production and a 30-member Recycled Orchestra has performed in Argentina, Brazil and Germany. The message is that like other natural resources, children living in poverty have redeeming value and should not be deemed worthless. photo courtesy of Landfill Harmonic

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t least one dealer in sustainable products has taken a stand against bamboo fabric, which most people associate with bamboo lumber, a rapidly renewable resource that requires fewer pesticides to grow than other crops. Laura Mathews, of Eco Promotional Products, Inc., in Washington state, cites the Federal Trade Commission’s report: “The truth is, most bamboo textile products, if not all, really are rayon, which typically is made using environmentally toxic chemicals. While different plants, including bamboo, can be used as a source material to create rayon, there’s no trace of the original plant in the finished rayon product.” Mathews says that her company has discontinued selling bamboo clothing and all other items made from bamboo fabric. She notes, “It’s the responsibility of everyone to vet these and other similar terms to ensure that the eco-friendly product you’re putting your purchasing power behind is actually eco-friendly.”

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pirituality is meant to bring about harmony and peace. But the diversity of our philosophies, beliefs, concepts and views about spiritual matters often leads to confusion or even conflict. The fact is that the very act of seeking spiritual freedom causes notions of success and failure, and these notions serve only to bind us to our own self-judgments: Am I growing? Have I done anything wrong? Am I meditating enough? Truth is only complicated because we pass it through our habitual thought patterns. When we step back from ourselves, truth becomes simple. There are not many paths to freedom; there is only one. In the end, no matter what particular patterns of thought we have managed to build in our minds, freedom always means transcending these personal thought patterns. So how does one go about transcending the personal self and awakening to spiritual freedom? What is needed for this journey are succinct steps that are so universal that they can echo through the halls of any religion as well as support intellectual understanding. The following is a universal road map to Self-Realization.


Realize that you are in there. You must first come to realize that you are in there. From deep inside, you are experiencing this world. You are experiencing your physical body, your


thoughts and your emotions. You are conscious and you are experiencing what it is like to be human.


Understand that you are not okay in there. Look to see what’s going on inside. If you want to understand why you’ve done everything you have ever done, if you want to see what’s really going on, just observe your mind and emotions—just experience your inner state. If you objectively look, you will see that you are never completely at peace. You will see that you are not okay in there.


Notice that you’re always trying to be okay. At any point when you look at the state of your inner being, you will see that something is bothering you. You will then notice that this causes urges, drives and impulses to do something about it. You will find yourself constantly trying to either get something or avoid something. All of this is done in an attempt to be okay.


Watch as your mind strives to figure out how everything needs to be for you to be okay. If you watch, you will see that your mind is always telling you what you should and should not do, what others should and should not do, and how things should and should not be. All of this is the mind’s attempt to first create a conceptual model of what would make you okay, and then try to get

Realize that the process of defining how the outside needs to be is not going to make you okay. You must seriously look at this process of trying to be okay. You’ve been at it your entire life—you’ve just tried different things at different times. While it’s true that sometimes you manage to make it better for short periods of time, you know that you’ve never even come close to reaching a state of permanent peace. Watch very closely how you react to the things your mind has preferences about. You will see that if your mind gets what it wants, you feel joy; if it doesn’t get what it wants, you feel disturbance. Likewise, when your mind experiences what it doesn’t want, you feel disturbance, and when it avoids what it doesn’t want, you feel relief. You will never be okay playing this game because the world will never match the conceptual model your mind has made up. Eventually, you will come to see that struggling to be okay does not work. At some point, you will try to find a different way to be okay in there.


Learn to not participate in the mind’s struggle to be okay. This step is about learning to sit in as the witness, the part of you that notices the inner urges to be okay. You must become comfortable with sitting in there and not participating in the inner energies. You learn to relax in the midst of them. You come to see that there is a habitual process in which the moment you feel inner disturbance, you are drawn into doing something about it. You must learn to sit inside and not participate in this process. If you truly understand that going outside to try to be okay inside doesn’t work, then you’ll be willing to sit inside and simply allow the disturbance to pass through. It is not difficult. If you can do this, all disturbance will cease by itself.


Go about your life just like everyone else, except that nothing you do is for the purpose of trying to be okay. If you aren’t so preoccupied with trying to be okay, you will be free to sit inside and quietly love, serve, and honor whatever naturally unfolds in

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As you sincerely let go of the inner energies you are watching, you begin to feel a deeper energy come in from behind. Up to this point, everything you were watching inside was in front of you. But now that you are no longer being drawn into those personal energies, you’ll realize that your inner universe is actually very expansive. You will begin to feel Spirit flow in from behind. It lifts you and brings you great love and joy. Your inner experience becomes so beautiful that you fall in love with the energy flow, and you develop a very deep and personal relationship with it. It will become completely clear to you that there is a direct trade-off between your personal energies and the amount of Spirit that you feel. The more you get drawn into your personal energies, the less Spirit you feel; the less you participate in your personal energies, the more Spirit you feel. You now have a direct relationship with the spiritual energy, and you will find yourself constantly longing to experience it.


You begin to feel the energy pulling you up into it, and your entire path becomes letting go of yourself in order to merge. Will is no longer needed. Now your path is strictly about releasing yourself into the pull of the higher energy. You must surrender deeply enough to be

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Now you are truly okay and nothing inside or outside of you can cause disturbance—you have come to be at peace with it all. Because you are now completely okay, you don’t need anything. Things just are what they are. At this point, you know yourself as Self. The world, mind and heart cannot disturb you. You’ve transcended them all. What is more, instead of feeling drawn into Spirit, you now actually experience yourself as Spirit. You have no boundaries in time or space. You have always existed and you will always exist. You have no form, shape, gender or body. You simply are, have always been and will always be—Infinite Spirit. Michael A. Singer is the author of The New York Times bestselling book, The Untethered Soul – The Journey Beyond Yourself (, which is the basis for this article. He is the founder of the Temple of the Universe, a yoga and meditation center established in 1975 in Alachua, FL.

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BRIGHT How Wheat, Carbs and Sugar are Affecting Your Brain Health by Linda Sechrist


lzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia and a general term for memory loss and other intellectual disabilities serious enough to interfere with daily life, affects 5.6 million Americans. According to The Lancet Neurology, a well-respected medical journal on brain research, Alzheimer’s, which presently has no cure within modern American medicine, is preventable. “Lifestyle choices, like aerobic exercise and eating plenty of healthy fats and reducing carbohydrates, affect overall brain health, as well as the risk of Alzheimer’s,” says Dr. David Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist and author of the new bestselling book, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers. Food is a powerful epigenetic modulator—it can enable or hamper our DNA, thus regulating the expression of many genes. Experts have only begun to understand the damaging consequences of wheat consumption. “Grain Brain is a timely wake-up call about how we are increasingly challenging human physiology by consuming what we are not genetically prepared to process, like the 133 pounds of wheat the average American eats annually,” says Perlmutter. He believes that one of the main culprits for the decline in brain health in modern times has been the introduction of wheat into the human diet. Today’s


modernized and hybridized wheat crops share little genetic, structural or chemical similarity to the wild einkorn variety of grain our ancestors consumed in small amounts. In the West, 20 percent of calories come from wheatbased food. Perlmutter is among those that regard this as a dangerous statistic, especially since Dr. Alessio Fasano, a pediatric gastroenterologist and research scientist who leads the Center for Celiac Research & Treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, found that the gluten in wheat leads to the production of zonulin in the gut. Zonulin increases the permeability of the intestinal wall, allowing proteins to leak from the gut into the bloodstream, explains Perlmutter. These proteins, which would normally remain within the digestive system, then challenge parts of the immune system, the macro fascia and certain other types of white blood cells that increase production of inflammation-related chemicals. “Zonulin is the cornerstone of diseases characterized by inflammation in the brain—Alzheimer’s, autism, Parkinson’s, and attention deficit disorders—as well as autoimmune diseases,” advises Perlmutter. Fasano’s research shows that such a reaction to zonulin is present in 100 percent of humans—not just in the 1.8 percent of the population who have celiac disease or 30 percent who are gluten sensitive. “A hallmark of what I term grain brain is that brain dysfunction is predicated on the inflammation from consumption of gluten, as well as the long chains of sugar molecules known as carbohydrates,” says Perlmutter. “This includes fruit, which also was consumed in limited quantities by our ancestors.” He cites a published analysis by Loren Cordain, Ph.D., author of The Paleo Diet. A diet high in carbohydrates has been directly related to brain atrophy, according to a recent German study by University of Bonn researchers, published in Neurology. A blood test for hemoglobin A1C, the standard laboratory measurement to assess average blood sugar, is frequently used in studies that correlate blood sugar control to disease processes like Alzheimer’s, mild cognitive impairment, and coronary artery disease. The researchers concluded that elevated hemoglobin A1C is directly associated with brain shrinkage, says Perlmutter. He further notes, “The function of the brain, which is 60 to 70 percent fat and maintained by the fats you consume, depends on its environment.” Grain Brain recommends a diet that’s aggressively low in carbohydrates (60 grams per day) and bountiful in supportive brain fats. These include extra-virgin olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, ghee, almond milk, avocados, olives, nuts, nut butters, select cheeses, and seeds such as flaxseed, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, and chia. It is also rich in above-ground vegetables such as kale, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and salad greens, while relatively low in below-ground vegetables like beets, carrots and potatoes, which are higher in carbohydrates. It also calls for reduced fruit consumption. “Having two to four servings of fruit every day, based on America’s present food pyramid, is not helpful. More in line with avoiding brain drain is an apple or a handful of berries, or about 100 calories worth of any fruit. In my

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opinion, the pyramid needs to be stood on its head,” advises Perlmutter. “We should eat a diet similar to what our ancestors survived on for 2.6 million years and reprogram support of our genetic destiny for the better.” Dr. David Perlmutter is a board-certified neurologist, Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and author of Grain Brain. For more information on his 2013 PBS Grain Brain series, visit

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November 2013


Setting Goals? or Living on Purpose? by Nuris Lemire, MS, OTR/L, NC

“You have to fill your cup. You then give away the overflowing, but you keep a cupful for yourself.” —Wynonna Judd


etting goals is very popular these days as a component of self help or coaching. Truth be told: a person can sit and set goals all day, but if the belief or passion is missing, the person is setting themselves up to fail. Failing then perpetuates the false belief that they “cannot do it” or “reach the change.” To become who you were born to be, it’s essential to create goals and objectives that serve to anchor you from diversions, steer you toward your destiny, and bring excitement to your soul. The first step is to identify your life purpose. What is so exciting for you to do, that you are willing to do it for free? What gets your heart racing? Are you willing to step away from what is expected of you by others as conditions to accept or love you? Is it time to stop, take a deep breath and ask yourself: Am I operating from a full cup and just giving away the overflow? Or is my cup empty to begin with? How do you know if this applies to you? Over-giving can lead to a number of symptoms, including: n Feeling unsettled and unfulfilled n Feeling depressed and/or anxious n Feeling “burned out”


n Feeling used and misunderstood n Feeling uninspired and unnourished n Feeling lost or stuck n Feeling un- or under-appreciated n In a constant state of overwhelm n Feeling generally dissatisfied with life Striking a chord? If so, maybe it is time to look at what of yourself, your time, or your power you are giving away. But what if your cup is already empty? How do you refill it? The most important thing you can do for your cup is to stop the drain. What in your life really drains you? Can you give that up, or at least start to pull away from that? Can you say no to taking on any new obligations? Can you avoid people who do nothing but take from you (psychic or energy vampires)? Once you stop the drains, you can focus on recharging and replenishing. How do you do this? There are many ways: n Get 30 minutes or an hour more sleep each night to replenish. n Call in sick to work and take a much need “me” day to rest and replenish. n Spend some time each day doing things that bring you joy. n Do a guided meditation or pray. n Go outside and sit in your porch swing and just chill out. n Walk barefoot on grass or sand. Design a plan that feels authentic and is based on your purpose, your

passion, and your strongest talents and values. Develop a workable plan to reach your goals and overcome any obstacles that stand in your way. Reconnect with who you really are. Leverage your natural talents, honing in on the key areas where you’re wired to succeed. Uncover and eliminate barriers you’ve unconsciously created. Achieve fundamental change at the deepest level of your being— change that will embed within you and become inseparable from your thoughts and actions. Identify your what and establish a plan of action for achieving your natural-born greatness. Identify your life’s purpose, goals, and the motivating factors that inspire you. The destination is the road, and the journey is the destination. The journey is a quest for the most precious of destinations: your true self. “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” Don’t use the past as an excuse for current behavior that serves you poorly. Take responsibility for who you are right now. When something shakes you to your core and your inner voice screams at you to stop (or to go!), this is your true self sending a direct message. Pay attention. It’s your soul calling you. References: n Awakening The Goddess Within by Deepak Chopra and Agapi Stassinopoulos n Journey to You by Steve Olsher At Lemire Clinic our purpose is to assist you in identifying your life purpose and passion. Through our Life Coaching program, you can learn the tools necessary to experience a life through a full cup of joy and satisfaction. For additional information, or to set up an appointment for a $20 mini-session to identify if our program is for you, call 352-291-9459 or visit

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The Miracle of Midlife Being Exactly Who We Need to Be by Marianne Williamson


ow would we live, were we not afraid of death? How would we live if we gave ourselves permission to give to life everything we’ve got? In The Longevity Factor, Lydia Brontë, Ph.D., observes that we’ve added 15 years to our lives… but in the middle, not at the end. No longer identifying ourselves as “over the hill” at whatever age, we are simply removing the hill. We are forging a different conversation and a new vision to take us beyond the limited thought forms that have defined the parameters of age for generations. For the first time in history, we can realistically view the first half of life as a kind of gestation period, preparing us for an even more productive second half. Midlife is like a second puberty, a point at which one persona falls away and another comes to take its place. What happens then is up to us. Some begin a long, slow cruise toward death at that point, allowing memories to become more meaningful than the present. Others, remembering that the spirit within us never ages, see the moment of midlife as a rebirth— the time to put our engines into high gear. Whomever it is we were born to be, whatever our soul was coded to accomplish, whatever lessons we are here to learn; now is the time to

seriously get going. We may regret that we’re no longer young, but we’re ecstatic that we’re no longer clueless. We must be disciplined, though. We want to become precision instruments now, focused on exactly what we want to do and being exactly who we need to be. This requires separating from the person we were before to whatever extent that person was not who we know in our hearts we were created to be. There’s no more time for five-year detours. No more time for relationships that don’t serve us or for staying in situations that aren’t true to who we are. No more time for pettiness, false pride or whatever other dysfunctional roadblocks obstruct our higher destiny and the joy that’s meant to be ours. Our life might not be as fabulous as it used to be in some ways, but in other ways it’s even more fabulous. The Universe is constantly and infinitely elastic, responding not to our past, but to our present state of mind. As we learn to reprogram thoughts— atoning for our mistakes of the past and embracing the endless miraculous possibilities of the present—we step into a time when we have every reason to look forward with genuine excitement to what happens next. Individually and collectively, we

are now fitted to fearlessly forge new ground, wielding the power of what life has taught us so far and laying claim to the possibility of redemption, not only for ourselves, but also for the entire world. The planet needs a new story, aligned with a larger consciousness, and so do we. What we need now are imagination and courage. Many of us feel we’ve forever carried around a secret dream, rarely validating it even to ourselves and often denying its reality. Yet it has refused to go away and is ready to be born at last. Individuals who have spent decades achieving one thing or moving in one direction often take up something else entirely that gives them far more psychic satisfaction. They see achievements that were the height of their material success as preparation for an even greater one; the means by which they learned the skills ultimately needed to make their biggest contribution to the world. Divine law guarantees that the power of “now” presents an endless fount of miraculous opportunities. In God, there are no limits to how high we can go, ever. In God, there is no time … only the call of the soul. It is not too late; we are right on time and we are better than we know. Now, having visited so many other places in our journey of life, we seek our place within the collective heartbeat of holiness. When enough of us stand in the light of our higher purpose, seeking to be ever-greater servants of love, each consciously dedicated to creating a more loving world, then a new field of collective possibility will emerge among us. All that is not love will begin to fall away of its own dead weight. A profound moment of planetary renewal will occur then, after our having allowed it first to occur within us. Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed inspirational author and lecturer. Six of her 10 books have been New York Times bestsellers, including The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife, the basis for this article. f

November 2013


Antidepressants: The Documented Severe and Violent Side Effects by Dr. Michael J. Badanek, DC, BS, CNS, DACBN, DCBCN, DM(P)


s Dr. Mercola stated in a recent article, “The conventional health care system is in desperate need of radical change, and the findings published in a new report [Scientific American, September 20, 2013,] clearly backs up this assertion. … The U.S. has the most expensive health care system in the world. In fact, the U.S. spends more on health care than the next 10 biggest spenders combined: Japan, Germany, France, China, the U.K., Italy, Canada, Brazil, Spain and Australia. If the U.S. health care system was a country, it would be the sixth largest economy on the entire planet. Despite that, the U.S. ranks last in health and mortality when compared with 17 other developed nations.” His article further asserts that preventable medical mistakes account for one-sixth of all deaths in the U.S. yearly, with new statistics reflecting approximately 440,000 preventable hospital deaths per year related to diagnostic errors, errors of omission, and failure to follow guidelines. “According to statistics published in a 2011 Health Grades report, the rate of medical harm occurring in the U.S. is estimated to be more than 40,000 harmful and/or lethal errors daily!”


Let’s take a look at one major concern today, antidepressants. Antidepressants in particular have a wellestablished history of causing side effects, including suicide, homicide, major depressive disorder (MMD) and other psychiatric disorders. In light of the long list of mass shootings during the past several years, the causative role of psychiatric drugs in is now being evaluated and addressed. One of the many drugs in question is trazodone, which was used by Aaron Alexis, the so-called “Navy Yard shooter” in Washington, DC in September of this year. Reportedly he was taking trazodone since August. In what has been called a “landmark” case, a Canadian judge ruled that a teenage boy murdered his friend because of the effects of Prozac (www. children_murder.html). When will such side effects be taken seriously? Just how many people have to kill themselves or others before a drug is considered too dangerous to be prescribed? In 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revised the labeling requirements for antidepressant medications (SSRIs and others), warning that: “All antidepressants increased the

risk compared to placebo of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children, adolescents and young adults in short-term studies of major depressive disorder (MMD) and other psychiatric disorders. Anyone considering the use of … any … antidepressant in a child, adolescent, or young adult must balance this risk with the clinical need.” In 2004, GlaxoSmithKline was charged with fraud and agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle more than 800 different lawsuits related to Paxil—and that’s over and above the $3 billion they agreed upon to pay to settle the Department of Justice’s investigation into illegal marketing of Paxil and other drugs. In all, five of the 10 most violenceinducing drugs were found to be antidepressants: Fluoxentine (Prozac), Paroxentine (Paxil), Fluvoxamine (Luvox), Venlafaxone (Effexor), and Desvenlafaxin (Pristiq) Another two in the top 10 list of violence-promoting drugs are commonly-prescribed ADHD medications, including Strattera. When you consider that antidepressants and ADHD drugs are among the most prescribed types of drugs in the U.S., the fact that so many of them are linked to increased rates of violence should be cause for pause and reassessment. Besides an increased

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risk of violent episodes, ADHD drugs such as Ritalin, Vyvanse, Strattera, and Adderall (and their generic equivalents) are also responsible for nearly 23,000 emergency room visits annually, as noted in the 2011 statistics. During a mere six-year span, emergency rooms have seen a 400% increase in visits due to side effects of these drugs. Fortunately, there is hope for the millions of children, adolescents, and adults in the proper evaluation and clinical treatment of mind-altering conditions through functional medicine. I have personally successfully evaluated and treated countless cases within the past 34 years, working with many individuals who were diagnosed with the above mentioned psychological conditions. Most of the drugs mentioned in this article block receptor sites and shut down enzymatic reactions, giving no regard to the underlying cause(s) of the problem. Most of these dangerous drugs are given to patients without proper clinical evaluation of the root causes of the issue. It is my professional and clinical opinion that these underlying conditions stem from nutritional deficiencies or toxic reactions to exposure to a large and ever-growing source of chemicals, heavy metals, and medical procedures. There is hope for this growing trend of mental illness, but it is you who must take the first step to break the chains of deception from the current medical models of clinical care and evaluation. Dr. Badanek offers a courtesy consultation to anyone wanting to know more on how Functional Medicine can help in the proper and correct diagnosis and safe and effective clinical treatment program for your current health challenge(s). Call 352-622-1151 to schedule an appointment.

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Giving Thanks by Paula Koger, BSN, MA, DOM


am so willing to take time to practice giving thanks. I know it to be the key to acceptance, and acceptance is “the Key.” It allows us to love what is—a very generous thing to do. To give heartfelt thanks brings to us openness to good things, as what we appreciate multiplies. We start with what we have—even if it is not quite what we want. The unwanted things that persist in our lives are like orphans. They want to be accepted and integrated. In that process of accepting the unwanted and unwelcomed, we learn what they have come to teach us. There is a divine order to the Universe that works just for us and brings us exactly what we need. Perhaps you can’t accept the fact that a family member does not speak to you or doesn’t do things the way you want them to. It hurts too much and you are too angry about it. It’s easy to hold the position of “how dare they reject me.” I just ask you to feel the impact of accepting that impossible thing, whatever it is, and give thanks for it. “I fully accept and give thanks for my family member’s rejection of me.” Now that might take a while, but stay with it until you have no energy charge or until it’s welcomed fully. Let the orphan that represents what you are resisting and needs to be accepted have a home in your heart. If you do, it will transform it from a thorn to a rose. It transforms


from orphan to adopted child. You may say, “but if I accept it, it will stay the same and it will never go away.” That is an error in thinking. Acceptance is the key. What we don’t accept creates an energetic wall and blocks good from flowing in and to us. As you go through the process of acceptance and giving thanks, you might find that there are several things that will have to fall away. These things keep us from having the joy and good health we are seeking. These include: n Control. Perhaps keeping your anger and hurt, keeping the wall of resistance to what is, allows you to feel a sense of control. There is a price for that control. It will show up somewhere in your body such as your heart, neck, or weight. It hardens your tissues and keeps your energy from flowing. What a price to pay. n Our case. Don’t we just love to have our case against others? “They did me wrong.” It allows us to feel safe and right. No one is right or wrong, “it just is” is a more liberating viewpoint. In acceptance is we find a greater gift: our freedom. We realize the price we have paid for holding on. If you go from resistance of what is, to acceptance and loving what is, it means you love your life as it is. In that process, something spectacular arises. You might not believe that—in which case you can block the spectacular. If you go right on and fully love accept and embrace what is there, you will in

that process give up your resistance to change. Resistance is our greatest enemy—perhaps our only one—with our very selves being in our way. In this process of acceptance, we have to stay with it. We will make progress towards fully accepting it, then we will stop. Stay with it until it is no longer a sore spot. You may get to the place of saying and feeling gratitude for the relative who rejects you by accepting it as payback for whatever you did or did not do to create this. Now the debt is paid. You can release yourself from the burden and the tie. The universe has given you delivered its justice of “what goes around comes around.” Now we can start over with a clean slate and give out only good— and lesson learned. These things are important in healing, because as long as there is a tension created by something we are resisting, accepting it serves as a block to our full potential. Most of these blocks are not conscious, and people will deny them until the end. To fully embrace everything is Thanksgiving and freedom. Dr. Koger uses homeopathy, voice printing, acupuncture, biofeedback, and the Trinfinity 8 to identity and heal blocks in our energy field. When these are released and the toxins are gone, you can be well. Call 941-539-4232 and visit

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Superpower Immune Systems Natural Health Experts Share How by Jenna Blumenfeld


any experts admit there is no definitive reason that people sniffle more during colder months. Some speculate it’s because we’re spending more time indoors and missing out on resupplying vitamin D, which makes us more susceptible to disease. Others say that when the temperature drops, the body uses more energy to stay warm instead of to fend off infection. What health practitioners do know is it’s possible to maintain immunity naturally with diet, lifestyle and a proper whole foods supplement routine. Consider these tips from three experts to stave off illness and shorten its duration. NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR Christopher Johnson, Doctor of Naturopathy Thrive Naturopathic, Arlington, Virginia

Incorporate immunity-boosting foods. Ginger and garlic contain antioxidants such as vitamin C and selenium, and have antimicrobial qualities. Add minced ginger to teas or marinades; roast garlic with carrots and squash. Aim to eat one to two cloves of garlic and 250 milligrams of ginger daily. Try elderberry extract. Elderberry has strong antiviral properties. Consuming the plant’s extract may prevent virus-based illnesses and alleviate both the symptoms and duration of a cold. Adults can take one to two teaspoons twice daily for prevention; increase dosage to four times a day if feeling sick. Use less for youths, based on size. Make exercise and rest priorities. Daily physical activity rids the body of toxins, increases blood circulation, and lowers stress levels. A simple 30-minute cardio routine three to four times a week strengthens immunity. Adequate rest helps the body recover and regenerate cells. Adults need a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night; children may need up to 13.

ACUPUNCTURIST AND CHINESE HERBALIST Marco Chung-Shu Lam, Licensed Acupuncturist Mandala Integrative Medicine Clinic, Boulder, Colorado Practice deep-breathing exercises. Practicing yoga or t’ai chi several times each week can deepen the breath, allowing organs to function more efficiently and boost immunity. Concentrate on pranayama, a focused and controlled type of yogic breathing: Slowly inhale and exhale through the nostrils, expanding the belly, rather than the chest. Add herbs. Incorporate the root herb astragalus in a daily whole foods supplement routine, especially important for older adults. Used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine, astragalus supports the immune system by stimulating immune cell activity with its high polysaccharide (complex carbohydrate) content. Simmer the short, flat herb in soups or add to long-cooking grains like brown rice. Eat seasonally. Our body naturally drives us to eat heartier foods like sweet potatoes, beets, and winter squashes in colder months—foods that support immunity by providing both fiber and vitamins A and C. Eat warming foods such as stews, beans, and miso; avoid raw foods, which cool the body and stress the immune system.   DIETITIAN Barbara Bapst, Registered Dietitian Carolina Nutrition & Wellness, Charlotte, North Carolina Balance bodily pH. The typical American diet of fast food, sugary treats and refined snacks produces acid in the body, creating an environment in which bacteria thrive. Eat at least 10 servings of alkalizing foods each day to optimize the body’s immune response and overall functioning. Spinach, broccoli, and cauliflower are excellent choices, along with almonds, olive oil, and grapes. Drink plenty of water and green tea to keep acid in check. Up the antioxidants. Antioxidants help the body resist illness because they protect cells against harmful free radicals and oxidative stress. Berries are particularly beneficial and maintain their nutrients even when frozen; blend half a cup into a morning smoothie. As a diet supplement, consider adding 400 to 600 milligrams of curcumin—the active ingredient in turmeric, an antioxidant and antiinflammatory spice—to meals. Focus on kids’ immunity. Although it’s tricky to get children to eat enough immune-supporting fruits and vegetables every day, encouraging them to sit down at the table for meals can help. Get kids excited about eating healthy foods by involving them in vegetable gardening, planting herbs in windowsill pots and preparing dinner. Incorporate pumpkin and carrot purées into sauces or stews to increase their nutritional power. Jenna Blumenfeld is a managing editor with New Hope Natural Media, in Boulder, CO.

November 2013


in & Tonic by Melody Murphy

Home Sweet Home


moved into my house four years ago over Thanksgiving weekend. The first night I spent there was the birthday of Louisa May Alcott and C.S. Lewis. I felt it was a good omen. I still do. I first saw my house on Easter, at twilight when the air smelled of jasmine. Wisteria was in bloom, and a black cat with insolent green eyes sat on the front porch like he owned the place. I don’t think that was a bad omen. I like black cats. I also don’t think it was a bad omen that I said yes to the house on Halloween, or that my house numbers add up to 13 and so do the numbers of my street corner. I love Halloween and have no triskaidekaphobic superstitions. I lived in an apartment for almost nine years. I am not meant to be an apartment-dweller. I dislike hearing neighbors through thin walls, and I was tired of lugging laundry, groceries, and trash up and down the stairs and sleeping over a noisy, brightly lit parking lot. And so I moved. I miss only three things about that apartment, all kitchen-related: the window above the sink overlooking the woods, more counter space, and a dishwasher. Since I now spend more time standing at the sink than I once did, it would be wonderful to have a window and that view. But you can’t have everything. I’ve come to realize that having a house is very much like being in a


relationship with a person. At first, it’s the honeymoon stage. You love everything about it. Then you start to notice little flaws. But feeling indulgent, you make excuses, cheerfully refuse to look anywhere but on the bright side, insist that you can put up with those little flaws just fine. Then they start to tick you off. With a house, it goes like this: You love it all, so very much, this charming little white cottage with green shutters and red brick chimney; the fireplace, wood floors, French doors, arched doorways, lots of windows, pale green walls with white trim; the tea olive and pink camellia in front, the sasanqua and mulberry tree in back; the shady screened porch to the east, the tall, mossy, owl-haunted oak to the west; the songbirds and squirrels all around. It’s lovely having a yard, a garage, a washer and dryer, a second bedroom, a mailbox on your front porch. You rhapsodize how your Arts and Crafts bungalow was being built while Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz were being filmed and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was in theaters, while Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters were on the radio and Our Town was on Broadway, and, right up the road, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings had just published The Yearling. So many good omens. You love this all so much. Then you inhabit said house during

the coldest winter we’ve experienced in some time. The winter we even got snow. An old house, while charming, is not well-insulated. You soon discover every draft, crack, and chink, and that wood floors, while lovely, are bonechilling underfoot; that a fireplace, though wonderful while in use, is at other times merely a focused conduit for cold air; and that the quaint porcelain tub and adorable tiles are freezing when it’s time to shower. You experience the shock of your first utility bill before you understand that perhaps this house is not meant to be cozy, and the horror of hearing critters beneath your house in the wee hours. Then you discover that old wood and lattice-work are no match for a wily pair of rats who wish to gnaw out a winter home for themselves beneath your kitchen sink. But gradually, you come to terms. You keep a Rodentslayer on speed dial. You put an electric blanket on your bed, don bedroom slippers before your feet hit the ground, warm up the tiny bathroom with a space heater before showering. You bundle up at home and grow accustomed to no sensation in your extremities. You can actually feel your blood thickening over time. And when spring comes, you don’t even flinch at the occasional indoor gecko. You figure it gets whatever bugs the little house spiders don’t, and take pest control however you can get it. In short, you become well aware of, but learn to accept, the flaws, shortcomings, and quirks of your abode. And you still love it anyway. Just as you do those dearest to you. I was blessed to have the help of many friends while moving into my house. Two friends brought a gift of firewood, another friend lit the first blaze in the fireplace, and when they all left that first chilly evening, I sat dazed and exhausted but very happy among all the boxes, by my own hearth. I felt very thankful that Thanksgiving. I still do. Melody Murphy is a writer and native Floridian living in Ocala.

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Giving Thanks for Florida Gardening by David Y. Goodman


hanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I know, it doesn’t necessarily have the deep significance of Christmas or Easter … or the barbecue and fireworks excitement of the Fourth of July … or the creepy costume-and-candy silliness of Halloween (does anyone actually enjoy candy corns or do we just eat them out of some weird obligation imposed on us by tradition?) … but Thanksgiving is a festival of gratitude that unites family and friends. It’s also a holiday that celebrates the fruits of your garden while thanking God for all He’s allowed us to bring forth from the soil, among a cornucopia of other heavenly gifts. Many of us complain about gardening in Florida (insert whining about nematodes, humidity, heat and sand here) rather than giving thanks for what we do have. With that in mind, in this column I’m turning aside from my regular gardening how-to approach to give thanks for the great things about Florida gardening. 1. I’m thankful for mild winters. Florida winters aren’t too cold for growing. Even in North Florida, we can keep picking and planting cabbages, broccoli, onions, collards, peas, fava beans, mustard, and plenty of other delicious, fresh produce when our northern relatives are sitting inside with seed catalogues and suffering from Vitamin D deficiencies. 2. I’m thankful for sand. Are you kidding? You’re thankful for sand? Oh,

yes. I lived in Tennessee off and on for six years; the ground in my yard there was thick red clay, filled with chunks of rock. In order to plant fruit trees, I had to buy a mattock and chop holes in the ground. Here in Florida, you can double-dig a garden bed or clear weeds in a jiffy. If you’ve ever tried pulling Bermuda grass stolons from a hard clay garden bed, you know what I mean. 3. I’m thankful for great gardening resources. Florida has excellent Master Gardener programs, lots of wise old farmers, and access to great big piles of research from the University of Florida. Many times I’ve done a Google search for a particular crop or insect, only to find a helpful publication on the web created by a friendly neighborhood Gator. 4. I’m thankful for plenty of rain. Sure, it doesn’t rain all the time here, but we do get lots of rain during the summer, plus a good smattering during the rest of the year. There are many gardeners in the U.S. who would stick their tongue in a fire-ant pile if their rainfall would increase to even threefourths of what we get! I also like that it rains during the heat of summer. There’s nothing like a smoking hot day that is interrupted by a cool crash of rain from the heavens. Sitting under a clattering tin roof during a Florida thunderstorm is an experience of glorious intensity and not to be missed. 5. I’m thankful for our great range of plants. Where else in the

country can you grow peaches and oranges in the same yard? Or cassava and blueberries? Or apples and pomegranates? We have a unique climate that lies between the temperate north and the bounty of the tropics. In my yard I have papaya, Key limes, olives, figs, jujube, malanga, loquats, moringa, mulberries, grapefruit, bananas, plums, sugarcane and pears. That’s amazing. Beyond these simple garden blessings, there are other things of even greater value for which I can give thanks. I’m thankful for a mom and dad who got me started in gardening as a little kid; I’m thankful for brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents who love me and encouraged my efforts; and I’m supremely thankful for the Creator God who set the earth in motion and blessed us with thousands—perhaps millions—of varieties of delicious fruits, medicinal herbs, healthy and tasty vegetables, and glorious roots, besides fragrant flowers, towering trees, and lush and beautiful foliage. “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!”—Ps. 118:1 Finally, I am thankful for my many readers, here at Natural Awakenings and at It’s great to share and learn together and to meet other gardeners who are creating backyard Edens across the Sunshine State. Keep it up—and save a slice of Thanksgiving pie for me. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! ©2013 David Y. Goodman. David Goodman is a garden writer, amateur scientist, homesteading nut, and the owner of “Florida Food Forests,” a nursery (www.floridafoodforests. com) created to provide Floridians with hard-to-find edible plants. For tips and inspiration, follow his daily gardening blog at www.

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Transform Your Life with Mentors, Books, Workshops and Online Courses by Bess J.M. Hochstein

Our capacity for self-examination distinguishes us from other animals. We feel compelled to ask: “Who am I? What am I here for? How can I attain my full potential?” The quest for answers has engaged humans for millennia.


opular books that have helped people on this journey span centuries, from Wallace Wattles’ The Science of Getting Rich (1910), Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich (1937), Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People (1937), Abraham Maslow’s Motivation and Personality (1954) and Dr. Thomas Anthony Harris’ I’m OK, You’re OK (1967) to Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret (2006). The personal growth genre is a cornerstone of the publishing industry. Companies such as Hay House, founded by motivational author Louise Hay, have flourished. Hay teaches, “No matter where we live or how difficult


our situation seems to be, we have the ability to overcome and transcend our circumstances.” The success of her 1984 book, You Can Heal Your Life, a New York Times bestseller well into the 21st century, led to her publishing empire, which includes authors such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Caroline Myss and Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. One of its recent top sellers is Pam Grout’s E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality. Hay House has expanded its messages of hope and healing through online courses, films, conferences, special events, and other opportunities to meet leading thinkers and peers.

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Such expansion is essential as more of those pursuing the examined life seek personal interaction in community and find that inward exploration frequently translates into outward action to improve the world. Perched on the cliffs of Big Sur, in California, the Esalen Institute, established in 1962, helped birth the modern human potential movement. It exists to help individuals grow through education, experience and research, with the conviction that positive personal and social transformation go hand-in-hand. Today, Esalen offers about 600 workshops a year, serving around 12,000 participants. Popular programs range from dance and yoga to couples workshops and psychology courses. Cheryl Fraenzl, director of programs, explains the appeal: “For most of us, life can be challenging and messy. Gaining the insight, skills and tools to move through the challenging times with more ease and grace, while creating more love for yourself and those around you, seems like a good investment of time and energy. Being consciously kind and relationally wise ripples out and changes the world. The effort has to start with the individual, like paying it forward; imagine if we all were doing it?”  The largest holistic retreat center in North America, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, attracts 35,000 participants to 800 programs annually. According to Denise Barack, the nonprofit’s director of program development, current workshops in high demand include qigong, Buddhist meditation, mindfulness and yoga nidra. She also notes a

through a completely different lens.” As examples, she cites neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander, who recounts his near-death experience in his bestselling book, Proof of Heaven, and neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, author of the bestselling memoir My Stroke of Insight. Taylor’s 2008 TED talk was ranked the nonprofit’s second most-watched for the past two years. Both of these cutting-edge thinkers have given presentations at Omega, which, like at Esalen and Kripalu, helps bring ideas and practices that

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growing interest in diverse dimensions of yoga, dance and “authentic movement” for healing, addiction recovery, releasing trauma and energy medicine. Psychotherapist and yoga teacher Stephen Cope, founder and director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living, the Center’s yoga research department, notes that many guests first come to Kripalu “… as a result of some form of suffering. Then they engage in a period of self-exploration—perhaps learning some form of contemplative practice to help them manage themselves more effectively. Almost always there is a turn outward, back toward the world, and a longing to bring the healing power of contemplative practice into their own domain.” Once someone has experienced the benefits of contemplative practices such as yoga, meditation, breathing and other healthy lifestyle routines, notes Cope, a powerful aspiration typically arises to share these practices and perspectives. “These practices all lead to a sense of union, relatedness and sameness with others,” he says, “and this burgeoning consciousness of sameness compels us to share what we’ve learned.” In Rhinebeck, New York, the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies offers similar self-empowering and reflective opportunities. Dr. Stephan Rechtschaffen and Elizabeth Lesser founded Omega in 1977 as a “university of life.” Through working with prominent Zen masters, rabbis, Christian monks, psychologists, scientists and others, Lesser has found, “By combining a variety of religious, psychological and healing traditions, each of us has the unique ability to satisfy our spiritual hunger.” Based since 1981 in a former camp on a lake with more than 100

buildings on 200-plus acres, Omega hosts more than 23,000 guests in up to 500 programs between mid-April and October, plus special programs in Costa Rica and New York City. Director of Rhinebeck Programs Carol Donahoe notes the rising interest in workshops on dietary cleansing, detox and juicing, such as “Reboot with Joe Cross: A Jump Start to Health and Weight Loss,” led by the filmmaker of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. Personal transformation and mindfulness programs led by teachers like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer, Byron Katie and Pema Chödrön are perennial favorites. “As humans, we continue to be fascinated by the big questions in life,” observes Donahoe, “like, ‘Where do we go when we die? Who are we if we are not our thoughts?’ People seem particularly drawn to hearing about it from those that have always lived their lives in a left-brain, logical way, and then come to believe the unexplainable through an extraordinary life experience, and now view the world

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Bess Hochstein is a freelance writer enjoying bicoastal bliss in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and Sonoma County, California. Connect at

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once seemed on the fringe—from yoga and meditation to complementary medicine and sustainability—into mainstream consciousness. Particularly innovative initiatives include helping military veterans heal from post-traumatic stress disorder; the women’s leadership center; the center for sustainable living; and pioneering programs on mindfulness in the workplace, education system and at-risk urban youth communities. “We recognize that because we live in an interconnected world, the behavior of one can contribute to creating changes that benefit the whole,” says Donahoe. “Doing both the inner and outer work can awaken the best in the human spirit, and so provide hope and healing to individuals and society.” For those unable to travel great distances for a holistic immersion experience in community with like-minded seekers, Wanderlust Festivals may offer an answer. Four-day regional summits, primarily held at ski resorts during the off-season, feature teachers like Shiva Rea, Elena Brower and Gurmukh; stimulating discussions; yoga; music and adventure, amidst stunning vistas. Wanderlust co-founders Sean Hoess and Jeff Krasno create an expansive space for personal growth and mindful living. One common element at every gathering—now including urban and exotic locales—is Seane Corn and Suzanne Sterling’s Off the Mat program, mobilizing yoga students toward activating social change. The Shift Network is dedicated to creating an online community that shares the tools of self-actualization, empowering a global movement of people creating an evolutionary shift of consciousness that leads to a more enlightened society, built on principles of sustainability, peace, health and prosperity. This new model for the human potential movement has roots in the

grandfather of retreat centers; The Shift Network’s founder, Stephen Dinan, both worked at Esalen and contributed to Esalen’s Center for Theory & Research. Dinan explains that at a meditation retreat, he received a detailed vision of “a large global transformation network that would be helping to usher in a shift to the new era.” The Shift Network now offers free teleseminars and online summits on subjects ranging from meditation and parenting with presence to enlightened business practices and cultivating peace. “We started with The Sacred Awakening Series—40 days with 40 spiritual leaders—and 30,000 people signed up in 21 days,” says Dinan. The Inspiring Women Summit attracted 25,000 participants. Since 2010, more than 400,000 people from 160 countries have participated in free teleseminars; 18,000 have paid for online courses such as Barbara Marx Hubbard’s Agents of Conscious Evolution, Andrew Harvey’s Christ Path and Thomas Hüebl’s Authentic Awakening. The Shift Network has already reached profitability and donated more than $50,000 to nonprofits. Dinan’s vision includes providing education program certifications; building a multimedia platform of e-zines, mobile phone apps and web TV broadcasts; and eventually building facilities and communities to model the possibilities of a more healthy, peaceful, sustainable way of life. From reading a book on meditation to attending a yoga intensive or tapping into a multifaceted community striving to change the world, we have myriad opportunities to lead an examined life. While the seeker may have a personal goal in mind, each mode of self-inquiry can expand outward toward making the world a better place. Hay encourages us all. “You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”

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ersonal growth can be advanced by activities that improve selfknowledge and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and employability, enhance quality of life, and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. It’s worth investing in; consider these core universal benefits.


Growing self-awareness enables an individual to live a life by design, instead of one marred by feelings of mediocrity, discontent, or being a victim of circumstance. When elevated awareness becomes one’s modus operandi, it brings infinite spiritual riches to life.


Successful growth requires taking personal responsibility for each choice we make in shaping and responding to circumstances and other people. Most of us are happier when we feel that we have some control over creating our own reality. Feeling empowered supports self-worth and increases our confidence to make even more of the changes we desire to comfort and nurture us and keep us safe.


True success isn’t about the dollars and cents of financial worth—it’s realized via living a life of balance and fulfillment in our health, family life, social relationships, career, and contributions to our community and world. Source: Inspired by

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by Ginny Riley


am yelled “Arch!” into my ear as the air rushed by and the plane’s engines droned less than 10 feet away. Out the door we leaped, immediately followed by a back flip. Why would a person jump out of a perfectly good airplane, you might ask … “to jump into the rest of my life” is the answer. A tandem parachute jump had long been a dream of mine. So had living life in the moment. A life not ruled by self-doubt—needing the constant approval of others, regrets, “shoulda, coulda, woulda,” and the

list goes on ad nauseum. As my 60th birthday approached, and as I continued to divest myself of baggage, I decided to jump into the rest of my life. The drive to Zephyrhills was long, and the closer we got to Skydive City, the more I began to question my sanity. But I wasn’t going to get in my own way once again. We arrived, checked in, and waited. A tall young man with kind eyes and a warm smile introduced himself: “Hi, I’m Cam.” We proceeded through a short training talk, changed into a jump suit, and then took a short walk to the already revved-up airplane. Here was my first almost-turn back, but no way. The plane slowly climbed toward the jump altitude of 13,500 feet, and my jitters mounted. We achieved

altitude, the door opened, and the professionals were first out the door. I watched as they started descending— and then, all of a sudden, I was at the door. Thankfully, I was snugly and safely attached to my lifesaver, Cam. Billy, the video-grapher, was out the door ahead of us to document my adventure. Then we were out the door and into the back flip, which I found out later was not usual. We settled into our descent and then I found myself spinning to the right. Complete and total giddiness set in. We settled, and then started spinning to the left. I was in heaven and totally ecstatic. All of a sudden, I felt a tug and up we were jerked as Cam opened the parachute. We then slowly drifted down and we watched the ground slowly get closer. We landed safely. After one false start in which my knees literally buckled, I stood up, and I could not stop smiling from ear-toear. I had just lived a dream. I DID IT! The answer to the question of why is simply this ... I jumped into the rest of my life. I no longer live a life of wishing, I had been true to myself. I live a life of being consciously present, enjoying every moment and breathe, and will continue to do so. Never underestimate yourself … ever. You can change your life just by leaping into the rest of it. And you don’t need to jump from a plane to do it, although that is definitely an option to be considered! Ginny Riley is a medical professional and a frequent volunteer at Ocala Civic Theatre.

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Dr. Paula Koger, DOM, BS Nursing, MA Counseling 941-539-4232 / Dunnellon and Sarasota Dr. Koger has a long history of success with people who are receptive to multiple ancient and high-tech healing techniques. 20 years’ experience including Professor and school health nurse; more than 17 years in Alternative healing practices with training from experts worldwide.

Gentle Waters Healing Center 352-374-0600, Gainesville The therapists at Gentle Waters Healing Center will assist each individual with detoxing using colon hydrotherapy, Far Infrared Sauna, and/or Aqua Chi Lymphatic Drainage. Call Dawn Brower for more information or visit MA41024, MM15426.

Dr. Heather Murley, DOM, DVM 352-272-9043 / The Villages and Leesburg Acupuncture for people and pets. Acupuncture stimulates the self-regulating processes of the body, providing relief from a wide variety of symptoms. It is commonly used for arthritis pain, back pain, allergy/sinus relief, asthma, trouble sleeping, GI symptoms, changes in urinary habits, depression and anxiety.

Fitness Hip Moves Fitness Studio Rona Bennett, BS, CPT Holistic Health, Personal Fitness Coaching 708 N.W. 23rd Ave., Gainesville / 352-692-0132 An intimate fitness studio focusing on creativity and holistic health. Classes and private lessons in Belly Dance, Yoga, Pilates, and Personal Training. Rental space available.

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Dr. Cornelius A. Link, DDS 2415 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / 352-237-6196 There must be a biologic balance in the mouth as part of total body health. This means being concerned about infections in the teeth and gums, the relationship of the teeth to the jaws, the teeth to each other, saliva pH and metal toxicity. As a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, we follow a recommended safety protocol for removal of amalgam fillings, if necessary. Dental materials compatibility testing available.

Hanoch Talmor, M.D. Gainesville Holistic Center 352-377-0015 We support all health challenges and the unlimited healing potential of God’s miracle: your body. Chelation, Nutrition, Cleansing, Homeopathy, Natural Energy Healing, Detoxification, Wellness Education and more.

Bones for Life

11115 SW 93rd Ct. Rd., Suite 600 Ocala, FL 34481 / 352-291-9459 Dr. Lemire has been in practice for 32 years. He follows a Functional Medicine approach, utilizing up-todate techniques such as chelation, detoxification, natural hormone replacement, nutrition, Prolo/Biopuncture, acupuncture, anti-aging, among others. Dr. Lemire along with his staff are dedicated to a joint partnership with their patients—a partnership that seeks to maximize the God-given life potential of each individual. We believe that true wellness for the whole person includes a healthy body (physical self), a healthy mind (emotions and intellect), and a spiritual peace.

Anne Andrews, LMT, MA 38362 Bones for Life® Instructor 386-538-1918 / Bones for Life is a self-care program that is designed to improve your posture, balance and coordination as well as strengthen bone. Through a series of gentle and simple exercises you can cultivate more stability and flexibility in your spine. Feel taller and move with power and confidence. Discover ease and comfort in everyday activities and be more at home in your body. Private and group classes are available.


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Michael J. Badanek, BS,DC,CNS,DACBN,DCBCN 3391 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Suite #B Ocala, FL 34470 / 352-622-1151

33 years in clinical practice with alternative wholistic complementary health services. Treating the body to support all health challenges with Wholistic Integrative Medicine. Treatments include Autoimmune disorders, Lyme disease, Autism, ADD/ADHD, Musculoskeletal conditions, Heavy metal toxicity, Cardiovascular and endocrine conditions, Nutritional deficiencies/testing.

Life Coaches Cynthia Christianson, M.A., CCC ThetaHealing™ Advanced Practitioner 352-374-7982 or 352-284-1107 ThetaHealing™ coaching is using the Belief and Feeling Work to empower people with the ability to remove and replace negative emotions, feelings and thoughts with positive, beneficial ones. Change your negative beliefs and you will heal on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels thus really seeing this relief show up in your life.

Massage Clark Dougherty Therapeutic Massage Clinic 415 NE 25th Ave., Ocala 352-694-7255 / Offering a variety of therapeutic massage techniques for pain relief, improved flexibility, and other wonderful benefits. WorkComp always accepted, also group/private insurance in some instances. All credit cards accepted. Gift certificates are available for holidays and birthdays with 25% discount on a second session. MA27082, MM9718.

Piano Services Hendrix Piano Service 352-895-5412, Serving north central Florida Tuning, repairs, cleaning, fine custom maintenance of your acoustic piano. Pianist: accompaniment, weddings, other church services, concerts. Experience: churches, cabarets, Marion Chorale, Duelling Divas, much more. Fine used pianos available.

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Veterinary Care Medicine Wheel Veterinary Services Shauna Cantwell DVM, Ocala, FL / 352-538-3021 Holistic veterinary medicine for small animals and horses. Arthritis, neurologic and hormonal dysfunction, skin, allergies, cancer, pain, immune and chronic disease. Certified Veterinary Acupuncture, certified cAVCA animal chiropractic, herbal therapy, tui na medical massage, functional neurology, postural rehabilitation, ozone therapy, homotoxicology, nutrition. Available for workshops.

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Tuesday, November 12 Life Enhancing Class: Chakras, chakra meditation. 3:30-5pm, love offering. Held at Unity of The Villages, Spruce Creek Professional Center, 10935 SE 177 Pl., #504, Summerfield. Information: Kimberly Zevetchin,, 203-410-5241. November 15-17 Biosyntonie workshop in Gainesville. Information: Dr. Hanoch Talmor, M.D., 352-377-0015, www.DrTalmor. com/#!biosyntonie-workshop/cuav. * Master Chen, Wu Dang martial arts master, presents several workshops Friday, 6-8pm, free, Taoist Philosophy and Internal Meditation. Saturday, 9-5, $100/advance $125/at the door, Wu Dang Qigong. Sunday, 8-3, Wu Dang Square Box Tai Chi, $100/advance $125/at the door. Held at College of Central Florida, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala, Humanities Auditorium (Bldg.) 8. Fri. night, Rm. 110; Sat. and Sun., Room 101. Information:, at Lemire Clinic (1115 SW 93rd Ct. Road, Ocala), or 352-291-9459. Saturday, November 16 * “Deepen Your Vision: Stones for the Third Eye Chakra” Workshop with Sharron Britton. 2-4pm, $20. Call to sign up. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs. 386-454-8657, * Fall Natural Foods Gala, 10-3. $1/person admission, $1/food sample ticket. Entertainment, garden tours, music, more. Crones Cradle Conserve, 6411 NE 217th Pl., Citra, 352-595-3377, Sunday, November 17 AUMAKHUA-KI™ Level-1 Attunement Workshop with Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT, 10am-5pm, $50, in Ocala. Call to register 352-239-9272 or Monday, November 18 Raw Food Workshop. 6pm, $12. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Ct. Rd., Ocala, 352-291-9459, www.LemireClinic. com.

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Tuesday, November 19 * AUMAKHUA-KI™ Level-1 Attunement –LIVE WEB Class, 8pm; $50, pre-register at * Circle of Light Parapsychology Club meeting. “New Stones for the New Age: Ushering in the Light” with Sharron Britton. 6:30pm, Unity of The Villages Church. Information: 352-307-3940. * Introduction to “Bones for Life.” This is an introductory class to a program that uses a series of gentle and simple exercises designed to improve your posture and strengthen your bones. Feel taller and more at ease in your own body. Absolute Health Center, 2720 NW 6th St., Gainesville, FL, 10am-12pm or 6-9pm. $40 early bird special or $50 at the door. Class space is limited. Call to pre-register. 386-5381918, * Life Enhancing Class: Gratitude is attitude. 3:305pm, love offering. Held at Unity of The Villages, Spruce Creek Professional Center, 10935 SE 177 Pl., #504, Summerfield. Information: Kimberly Zevetchin,, 203-410-5241. Thursday, November 21 Group Coaching. 6pm. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Ct. Rd., Ocala, 352-291-9459, Saturday, November 23 * Colonics by appointment. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Ct. Rd., Ocala, 352-291-9459, www.LemireClinic. com. * Divination with Pendulums: Workshop and private sessions with Rev. Steve Henry. Workshop 12-2pm, $20. Private sessions 2:30-5:30, $20. Call to sign up. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs. 386-454-8657, November 24-25 Auditions, “I Do! I Do! I Do! I Do!” onstage January 9-19. Director Dave Clevinger. Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-236-2274, www. Tuesday, November 26 Life Enhancing Class: The Four Agreements. 3:305pm, love offering. Held at Unity of The Villages, Spruce Creek Professional Center, 10935 SE 177 Pl., #504, Summerfield. Information: Kimberly Zevetchin,, 203-410-5241. Saturday, November 30 Rocks for Kids Lapidary Workshop with Travis Hetsler. Make crystal gifts for everybody on your list and have fun, too! 1-3pm, $10 per child. Parents welcome. Call to sign


up. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs. 386-454-8657, Tuesday, December 3 Bones for Life classes. Improve your posture and strengthen your bones with a series of gentle and simple movements. Absolute Health Center, 2720 NW 6th St., Gainesville, FL. Classes 3 weeks beginning Dec. 3. Classes will run from 10am-12pm or 6-8pm. $35/class or $90/all 3. Preregister: 386-538-1918, December 16-17 Auditions for “Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?” onstage Feb. 6-Mar. 2. Director Greg Thompson. Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-236-2274,

ONGOING Sundays * A Course in Miracles, 9:30am; Master Mind Healing Circle, 10am; Inspiring Message, Meditation and Music, 11am; Children and Youth education classes, 11am; Nursery care provided. Potluck lunch first Sundays. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., Gainesville, 352-3731030, * Celebrating Community and Inspiring Message/ Science of Mind and Spirit. Meditation 9:45am, Celebration/Message 10:30am, Youth and Children’s Celebration 10:30am. Love offering. OakBrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala, FL, www. * Celebration Service and Meditation, 10am. September 1, Rev. Maria Clemente; Sept. 8, Rev. Marciah McCartney; Sept. 15, Norm Bogert; Sept. 22, Rev. Prentiss Davis; Sept. 29, Laity Sunday. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd., Ocala, 352-687-2113, * Group Kirtan meditation, teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, vegetarian feast. Program begins at 4:15pm at the Alachua Hare Krishna Temple, 17306 NW 112th Blvd (off CR 235), Alachua, 386-462-2017. * Last Sunday of every month, The Bodhisattva Path: Tibetan Buddhism and the Perfection of Mind presented by Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Project. 6-8pm at Bliss Yoga Center, 1738 Baseline Rd., Ocala, 352-694-YOGA, * N.A. 12-Step meeting 8pm, Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd., Ocala, 352-687-2113. Mondays Abraham Study Group, 6-7:30pm; A Course

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